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2,400 contract teachers to fill up vacancies in one-off recruitment – Radzi

KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 (Bernama) — A total of 2,400 vacancies in the one-off recruitment of 18,702 teachers will be filled by the contract of service (COS) teachers whose contracts are due to end this June.

Senior Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin said that the offer would be made by the Education Service Commission (SPP) to the successful candidates before the end of this month.

“The Ministry of Education (MOE) has just received the latest information from SPP on the matter.

“God willing, the offers to the successful candidates will be made by SPP before May 31, 2022,” he said through a video posting on his official Facebook page today.

On the latest status on the one-off intake of teachers, Radzi said, as of May 11, a total of 13,770 teachers have been posted to schools nationwide.

“Congratulations to those who succeeded. Do the best in educating the pupils in your school,” he said.

Meanwhile, for the remaining over 2,500 posts, he said they would be filled by teachers teaching subjects which are difficult to fill including English Language, Visual Arts Education and subjects in Chinese National Type Schools.

It was reported that MOE and SPP were in the process of taking appropriate actions involving contract teachers whose contracts were set to expire next month.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Excess mortality rate in Malaysia much lower than other countries – Health D-G

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Bernama) — The excess mortality rate In Malaysia during the COVID-19 pandemic was much lower compared to most other countries, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said an analysis on excess mortality was made by comparing the number of deaths before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Excess mortality is the number of deaths from all causes (all-cause mortality) that would be expected based on historical trends before COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the study on excess mortality conducted by the Health Ministry’s Public Health Institute was to enable comparison of excess mortality between Malaysia and other countries in terms of effectiveness of controlling COVID-19 and controlling the number of deaths in the country.

“We managed to find a balance between the control measures implemented to reduce the spread of COVID-19 infection, prevent too much disruption to the national health (system) and avoid soaring death rates,” he said in a media briefing session via Zoom today.

Through the study, he said the MOH was able to understand the changes in death patterns that enabled the ministry to measure changes in the health system and society.

He said, this would contribute to the process of improvements by the MOH to prevent deaths such as improving the service system in the hospitals’ intensive care unit.

In addition, Dr Noor Hisham said globally, the excess mortality due to COVID-19 was at 15 million, more than double the official reported deaths of over six million.

National Health Institute Survey Research Centre unit head, Dr G. Shubash Shander, when presenting the analysis on ‘Excess Mortality during COVID-19 in Malaysia’ from March 2020 to Dec 2021, revealed that the country’s excess mortality was low at 2.4 per cent.

“Excess mortality analysis can identify the real impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the number of deaths due to COVID-19… whether due to COVID-19 or other causes, all deaths are taken into account in this analysis.

“… Another importance of this excess mortality (analysis) is that, if there is a case of COVID-19 that is not detected, or we do not know it is a case of COVID-19 and not reported as a case of COVID-19 death, this can be seen in the excess mortality because we take into account all deaths,” he said.

He said the analysis was based on death data obtained from the National Registration Department, and hospital admission data from MOH Health Informatics Centre available from 2015 to 2021.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: Recovery cases almost doubled new infections yesterday

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 (Bernama) — A total 10,041 recoveries from COVID-19 infection were recorded in the country yesterday which were nearly twice the 5,624 new infections recorded.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the cumulative recoveries logged as of yesterday were 4,310,599.

“From 5,624 daily cases, 1,765 cases or 31.38 per cent were patients in category one while 3,835 cases or 68.19 per cent were in category two.

“Meanwhile, category three infection was detected in 12 cases (0.21 per cent) and for category four and five there were six cases each or 0.11 peratus,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said there were 89 cases requiring treatment in intensive care unit with 57 cases needing respiratory assistance.

He said there were 218 cases of COVID-19 awarded in hospitals with 111 cases or 50.9 per cent involving categories three, four and five while 107 cases or 49.1 per cent were in categories one and two.

Apart from that, one new cluster was identified, bringing the total active clusters to 99.

On the rate of infectivity of COVID-19 (Rt value), he said Malaysia recorded Rt of 0.77 with Putrajaya having the highest rate at 1.10.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

COVID: 6,342 new cases Friday – Health DG

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Bernama) — A total of 6,342 new COVID-19 cases were recorded Friday (April 22) with 99.34 per cent of them in categories one and two, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Of the total, he said 42 cases or 0.66 per cent were in categories three, four and five (more severe categories), with 13 of them not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated, while 14 had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine but not booster dose whereas 15 had received booster dose.

“The additional new cases yesterday brought the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 4,421,443. Two new clusters were reported yesterday, bringing the total number of active clusters to 100,” he said in a statement here today.

He said 234 COVID-19 cases were admitted to the hospital yesterday of which 132 cases were in categories one and two while the remaining 102 cases were in categories three, four and five.

The number of recoveries yesterday also exceeded the number of new cases when 9,111 recovered cases were reported bringing the cumulative total to 4,300,558.

The national COVID-19 infectivity rate or Rt value yesterday was 0.80, with Putrajaya registering the highest at 1.04, he added.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Over 16 million adults in Malaysia given COVID-19 booster dose

KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Bernama) — A total of 16,003,461 individuals or 68 per cent of the adult population have received the COVID-19 booster dose as of Friday (April 22).

According to the COVIDNOW website, 22,963,644 people or 97.6 per cent of the adult population are fully vaccinated and 23,240,584 or 98.8 per cent have received at least one dose of vaccine.

For adolescents aged between 12 to 17, a total of 2,883,331 individuals or 92.7 per cent have completed the inoculation, while 2,983,700 or 95.9 per cent have received the first jab.

A total of 614,507 children aged from five to 11 years or 17.3 per cent have completed their COVID-19 vaccination under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme for Children (PICKids) while 1,462,095 children in the same group or 41.2 per cent have received at least one dose of vaccine.

A total of 63,169 doses of the vaccine were dispensed yesterday, which comprised 42,039 as second doses, 4,778 as booster dose and 16,352 as first dose, bringing the number of vaccine doses administered under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to 69,938,295.

Meanwhile, according to the Health Ministry’s GitHub portal, 12 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported in Malaysia yesterday, with Johor and Melaka recording the highest, at three cases each.

Penang and Selangor recorded two cases each while Sabah and Sarawak one each.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Sarawak to roll out second COVID-19 booster vaccination starting Friday

KUCHING, April 20 (Bernama) — Sarawak will roll out the second COVID-19 booster vaccination starting Friday, said Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Uggah said there would be two categories of recipients qualified for the jabs, namely individuals above 60 year old with high-risk comorbidities as well as moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and above.

He urged those qualified and interested to contact their respective vaccination centres at government clinics, private hospitals and private clinics for appointments.

“They can get the telephone numbers of these centres from the Sarawak Health Department’s Facebook page,” he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, Uggah said as of April 19, a total of 1,637,167 or 90 per cent of qualified individuals in the state had received their COVID-19 booster dose.

On April 14, Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said individuals aged 60 and above with high-risk comorbidities are now given the option of getting a second booster dose of the vaccine, with an interval of at least four to six months after the date of the first booster dose.

According to Khairy the decision was made after a scientific study and a Malaysian cohort study by the Technical Working Group (TWG) panel, which found that individuals aged 60 and above with higher-risk comorbidities had serious symptoms and death due to COVID-19.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Power outage: 28 non-urgent surgeries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital postponed

KOTA KINABALU, April 20 (Bernama) — A total of 28 non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (HQE) here have been postponed due to the power outage at the hospital since yesterday, said Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Rose Nani Mudin.

She said operation theatre services at HQE had to be closed today and tomorrow to ensure adequate and stable electricity supply to wards and intensive care units, while cases requiring emergency surgery would be performed at the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital II (HQE II).

“Currently, the concession company is in the midst of repairing the faulty electrical cables so that the power supply can be restored,” she said in a statement today.

Dr Rose Nani said the power outage occurred at 11.54 am yesterday involving the HQE’s twin towers, specialist clinics and old medical building block.

“During the outage, two generator sets supply power to the affected buildings. The hospital, Sabah Health Department as well as the concession company took immediate action to obtain additional generator sets as a backup,” she said.

She added that to ensure HQE’s medical services were not disrupted, a contingency plan had been put into place with the transfer of some patients and those requiring emergency surgery to HQE II.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency